IT is better, by yielding to truth, to conquer opinion; than, by yielding to opinion, to be defeated by truth.
EPICTETUS. FRAGMENTS. 34.
IF you seek truth you will not seek to conquer by ail possible means; and when you have found truth, you will have a security against being conquered.
EPICTETUS. FRAGMENTS. 35.
TRUTH conquers by itself, opinions by foreign aids.
EPICTETUS. FRAGMENTS. 36.
THE soul resembles a vessel filled with water: the appearances of things resemble a ray falling upon its surface. If the water is moved, the ray will seem to be moved likewise, though it is in reality without motion. Whenever, therefore, anyone is seized with a swimming in his head, it is not the arts and virtues that are confounded, but the mind in which they are: and, if this recover its composure, so will they likewise.
EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book iii. §3. ¶6.